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I love to watch M and J races, because puppies are so happy when they’re racing. Even the ones that can’t seem to win a race no matter how often they run are out there trying their best to win. But that leads to an interesting point.
Why do trainers keep racing puppies that don’t win after many races in M? And, even more puzzling, why do some dogs – overgrown maidens – age out of M and go into D or C rather than get taken off the track and sent to be adopted?
On first thought, it might not look like it makes any sense to keep a dog running when it can’t win puppy races. And why in the world would you put a dog like this into D or C with older more experienced dogs and think that it has a shot at winning? Crazy? Maybe not.
After over 3 decades of watching dogs like this, I’ve come to realize something. Sure, some of these dogs will never win a race and will end up on someone’s couch. But there are other dogs who do lousy in M and then seem to “wake up” when they get to D or C.
I’ve come to the conclusion that greyhounds are just like any other youngsters who are starting out in a sport. Some of them are good to go right out of the box, so to speak. Others take a little more time and hit their stride after a few races in M.
Some will never run in the money or make it in racing. But then there are the dogs who just need a little more time than most dogs to come into their own. These are the dogs who strike out constantly in M, but go on to win in D or C when they’re older and maybe a little wiser.
So, if you see one of these dogs, keep an eye on it. If the trainer leaves it in M until it’s too old and then puts it in D or C, don’t assume that it will never win. Watch it for signs that it’s getting better and learning how to run against the other dogs. When you see improvement, put a small bet on it and you just might cash in big on a longshot that very few people will notice.